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Apr 18

Pesach Creation

As Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) slides into week three of our Pesach (Passover) preparation, the creative frenzy has not faltered. After years of learning about Pesach, these Anafimers know their stuff and are excited to share their ideas and explore new ones about Pesach. Anafimers are hard at work in the studio, …

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Apr 10

Running with the Rabbis

To prepare for Pesach (Passover) this year, Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) are diving deep into conversation with some of the ancient rabbis to consider different ways to interpret Pesach. We started with the Mishnah, a set of books from the early rabbis compiled around 210 C.E. The Mishnah says that a seder …

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Apr 03

Sprinting Towards Pesach

Anafim is back from spring break and ready for Pesach (Passover)!! These second and third graders came already remembering so many things about Pesach (Passover) — like the things that go on the seder plate, the 10 plagues, and the text from Exodus that chronicles the Israelites getting out of slavery in Mitzrayim (Egypt). Even …

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Mar 21

A Reading of Our Own

In classic Anafim (“Branches,” for 2nd and 3rd grades) form, our room filled with the buzz of creation as all prepared for a dramatic reading of Megillat Esther (the story of Esther). We obviously needed costumes to get into character. Chag Purim Semeach (happy Purim) from Anafim to you!

Mar 15

Celebrating Our Growth

As the winter quarter wraps up, Anafim has so much to celebrate! On Sunday, Anafimers shared their לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel – “to pray”) final projects with their families and communities. Children exuded joy and pride as they got to share all of their hard work and big ideas from this theme. All of the ways in …

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Mar 08

See you Sunday!

It’s been a flurry of printing, editing, gluing, and chopping as we prepare to share children’s ideas about our winter quarter theme L’hitpalel (“To pray”). In this installation, children are wrestling with the role of Adonai (God) in prayer; the way a person might feel before, during, and after choosing to pray; and the many, …

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Mar 08

Is it Purim Yet?

We’ve added the finishing touches to our projects, edited our artist statements, and took one final moment to share our work with each other. And now Anafim cannot wait to share their projects with the world at our Family Exploration and Celebration on Sunday! In the meantime, we’ve started our exploration of Purim! Without me …

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Feb 27

Creating and Collaborating

With just a few sessions left until the Family Exploration and Celebration, Beit Anafim is abuzz with excitement towards wrapping up their final projects. Each child is immersed in a unique project that both showcases their distinctive ideas about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) and challenges them to express those thoughts and feelings in a modality that interests …

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Feb 22

Synthesis through Storytelling

This week, Anafimers have put their brains on their final projects for our לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) theme. Through buildings and books, they’re telling stories about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) to show all of the big ideas that they’ve generated over the past weeks of our theme. The children’s nascent stories display both an intense grappling with the diverse, …

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Feb 07

L’hitpalel: A Case Study

This week the Anafim anthropology team began looking into 1 Samuel 1-2:10 to see how it might help them understand לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). Some anafimers chose to build to show their ideas about Channah’s תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Some children worked in pairs to build a scene showing where Channah made her תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Together they …

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